UNLIREC participates in WCO online training to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction related materials in the Caribbean

From 23-26 June 2020, UNLIREC participated in the Sub-regional training on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement organized by the World Customs Administration (WCO). The online training was held to support more than 180 Caribbean customs officers in strengthening their skills to identify strategic goods commonly traded in the Caribbean and that could be illegally diverted to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation activities.

UNLIREC was invited to deliver a presentation to introduce its Guide to Control List and the WMD Caribbean Focus List, which are practical tools aimed at providing States with an easy-to-read guide to implement national licensing frameworks to regulate strategic trade flows and to support custom and border officers with the identification of strategic goods commonly traded in said region. UNLIREC’s WMD Focus List of dual-use materials, which was developed based on the Caribbean trading context, was used by instructors as a practical tool to showcase the physical elements to consider in identifying strategic goods.

UNLIREC is delivering an assistance project to support Latin American and Caribbean countries in their implementation of relevant international instruments and initiatives in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation of WMDs, most notably, UNSC Resolution 1540 (2004).

For more information on UNLIREC visit (www.unlirec.org.). Please direct all questions or inquiries to: Ms Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer, at (cowl@unlirec.org).

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